The Launching Ceremony of Box Illusions by Haze Long

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching Ceremony of Box Illusions by Haze Long

7 April 2017, 12 pm
Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

 


Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the launch of Box Illusions by Haze Long – a unique art exhibition hosted by Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La and the first in Penang.

I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the multi-talented Haze Long for choosing Penang for her first solo art exhibition and for introducing speed painting to Penangites.

Penang's lifestyle is world famous for two things: as a food heaven, and for its vibrant art and cultural scene.

Penang provides an exciting and unique platform for the arts, heritage, culture and businesses. In all likelihood, we will help sustain and enhance the art-related industries of Penang.

The George Town Heritage Enclave is a unique enclave with one of the highest concentrations of historical buildings in South East-Asia.

Penang, as one of the most liveable cities in Asia, has graffiti from around the world, hand-painted by world-acclaimed artists, such as Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania and Julia Volchkova from Russia.

Just along Magazine Road itself, we have two huge murals to be proud of. The 100-metre colourful façade,the trademark of Hotel Jen Penang, was painted by international artist JM Y.E.S. This abstract piece is one the longest wall mural art in Penang.

Next, we have the biggest street mural in Penang just next door at 1stAvenue Mall, with a 15.24metre high and 7.62metre wide, impressive art piece by Canadian street artist Emmanuel Jarus.

Upcoming, we will have five Malaysian artists set to make their way into the Guinness Book of Records for painting the world’s tallest mural on our very own KOMTAR Tower. When the mural is completed, it will be 230metres tall and 13.1metres wide.

Penang – a state of festivities

Penang is exotic and unique in our own special way due to our multi-racial communities with a myriad of flavours and cultures. We have memorable and spectacular festivals all year round in Penang. Home-grown art festivals that managed to attract travellers from around the world – the month-long George Town Festival, George Town Literary Festival, In-between Arts Festival and the Penang Island Jazz Festival.

Throughout the year, we have LFSS programme (Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Project Occupy Beach Street dedicated to arts, cultural and heritage.

Economic

We see arts and culture as an economic game changer that can help to promote Penang as an international and intelligent city as well as drive economic development. To reinforce Penang as an hub for arts and culture, the Penang state government has decided to invest RM30 million to build a Penang Arts District (PAD) in the George Town city centre. The PAD will make Penang to be the largest container city in the world devoted solely for arts and culture.

As an initiative to catalyse the economic impact of the creative industry in Penang, the Penang State Government has envisioned the Penang Arts District to be the creative hub of Penang’s contemporary arts and culture scene.

The Penang Arts District will also drive the revitalisation, catalysing urban renewal in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage zone, creating more employment opportunities for Penangites and greater value-added services.

In conclusion, I would like to applaud the partnership between Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La and Haze Long. I have no doubt that this exhibition will be one of the high points in Penang and will enhance the already considerable appreciation of arts and culture in this city.

Thank you Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La for your continuous dedication and efforts to boost the arts industry in Penang.

LAUNCHING OF GBS@ MAYANG

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE LAUNCHING OF GBS@ MAYANG

7 April 2017
Atrium Mayang Mall, Bayan Baru




A very good morning to everyone. It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you here today for today's launch of our ‘GBS@Mayang’.

GBS@Mayang’ marks an important milestone in the Government’s continuing efforts in creating higher value jobs for the Rakyat, leveraging on Penang as an international & intelligent city as well as a destination of choice for investors.

PENANG’S GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES (GBS) ECOSYSTEM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Penang State Government’s strategy will further enhance the 3rd wave of development of the services sector, encompassing GBS/SSO, BPO, Research & Development (R&D), Design & Development (D&D), and advanced manufacturing. While the manufacturing sector continues to grow, many have since diversified in terms of manufacturing activities as well as other services. Many companies, led by the numerous MNCs here, have expanded from the manufacturing base to include global business services.

According to Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), Malaysia’s GBS Sector will see a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%-15% for the next five years. Locally, in the recently announced Malaysia Investment Performance 2016 by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Penang received the second largest investments for Global Establishments for Services or ‘Principal Hub’ after Kuala Lumpur with an investment value of RM4.1 billion.

Penang currently hosts a vibrant GBS community with an estimated 50 GBS companies providing more than 8,000 high income jobs to locals, serving both regional and global markets. Job opportunities are expected to grow in tandem with new investments in this sector.

Only 2 months ago, Switzerland based leader in high-end automotive solutions, Luxoft, launched their first ever Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Asia in Penang. The CoE will offer more than 500 IT/software development engineers in Penang in the next 5 years, investing RM235 million in human capital and technology. The CoE will further develop the automotive software/IT ecosystem in Penang as well as complementing the existing cluster e.g. Bosch, Continental, Clarion and Malaysia Automotive Lighting (MAL).

GBS@PENANG & GBS@MAYANG>

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The huge growth potential of the GBS industry needs a conducive business environment in order for this sector to flourish. In a move to house new & expanding knowledge driven companies in Penang, the State will be spending RM10 million to refurbish this building to turn it into a GBS Centre for investors. The refurbishment works will include major facelift of the building facade, improvement of shared facilities and most importantly, infrastructure upgrades in line with MDeC’s MSC Malaysia Cybercentre standards.

An approximate total of 110,000 square feet of MSC Malaysia Cybercentre office space will be made available once the building is completed in January 2018. In addition to infrastructure, this building is already centrally located in the heart of Bayan Baru’s business district with good connectivity, where the majority of our GBS/SSO players and more than 200 MSC Malaysia companies are housed in the Penang Cyber City. Penang is 2nd after Klang Valley hosting the most number of MSC Malaysia Status companies in Malaysia.

GBS@Mayang is in fact part of the State’s master development plan to offer conducive enterprise space and environment for investors and supporting talents worldwide. Phase 2 development plan, tentatively called ‘GBS by the Sea’, at Bayan Lepas Phase 4 will follow soon.

LIVABILITY & WORK-LIFE BALANCE TO RESIDENTS

Ladies & Gentlemen,

As the 2nd largest city in Malaysia, Penang continues to attract global talents with job opportunities, offering sustainable living with a balance lifestyle. Only recently, CNN ranked Penang as No. 2 out of the ‘Top 17th tourist destination for 2017’ whereas 2 weeks ago, our very own Gurney Drive made it to the 13th spot on the list of ‘25 best streets in the world for tourists to visit around the world before you die’ by well-known Australian travel resource, ‘Traveller’.

In a nutshell, Penang is a place where you can do business, create great products, deliver great services, make money, and at the same time enjoy a desirable lifestyle. You will also find a government with strong & transparent leadership, committed to improve the lives of the people here.

On that note, I am pleased to launch the upgrading works of ‘GBS@Mayang’ and wish all you a pleasant day ahead.

Thank you.

Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang

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Teks Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang

Jabatan Pengairan Dan Saliran Pulau Pinang


31 Mac 2017
Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi, SPT, P.Pinang


Selamat Pagi & Salam sejahtera,

1. Pertamanya, saya berasa gembira kerana berpeluang untuk bertemu dengan tuan / puan semua yang mana saya dimaklumkan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi telah siap dibina dan sudah boleh beroperasi. Syabas dan tahniah saya ucapkan kepada semua, terutamanya kepada JPS Pulau Pinang. Saya juga ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih kepada Yang Berusaha Tuan Pengarah JPS Pulau Pinang di atas kesudian menjemput saya hadir untuk merasmikan Majlis ini.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

2. Pembinaan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi ini akan meningkatkan tahap perlindungan banjir ke tahap optimum dan membawa manfaat kepada penduduk setempat.

3. Kerajaan Negeri juga akan memperuntukkan wang yang paling besar sebanyak RM220 juta untuk pencegahan banjir kilat di seluruh Pulau Pinang. Bagi mengatasi dan mengurangkan kejadian banjir kilat, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Negeri (JPS) telah diarah untuk menggiatkan lagi kerja-kerja pengurusan sungai, membaiki tebing-tebing sungai yang runtuh, menyelenggara infrastruktur saliran dan menyeleras projek-projek mitigasi banjir di seluruh negeri.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan,

4. Peruntukan sebanyak RM150 juta pada tahun 2017 kepada JPS secara terperinci adalah seperti berikut :-

I. Sungai Permatang Rawa, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM12.6 juta;
II. Padang Lalang/ Kg. Permatang Rawa, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM19.1 juta;
III. Bukit Tengah, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM19 juta;
IV. Taman Mangga/ Jalan Juru, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM11.5 juta;
V. Alma, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM9.6 juta;
VI. Mak Mandin, Daerah Seberang Perai Utara berjumlah RM40 juta;
VII. Sungai Relau, Bayan Baru berjumlah RM20.1 juta;
VIII. Taman Iping, Daerah Barat Daya berjumlah RM13.6 juta; dan
IX. Kampung Naran, Daerah Barat Daya berjumlah RM4.5 juta.

5. Kerajaan Negeri juga melalui Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn. Bhd. (PBAPP) akan menyediakan peruntukan sebanyak RM50 juta untuk projek pembinaan paip besar bagi mengalihkan air di Empangan Air Itam ke Empangan Teluk Bahang. Tanggapan orang ramai bahawa pelepasan air oleh PBAPP di Empangan Air Itam merupakan salah satu punca banjir adalah tidak benar sama sekali.

6. Di samping itu, bagi tahun 2017, Kerajaan Negeri melalui Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) juga memperuntukkan sejumlah RM11.61 juta untuk melaksana projek-projek tebatan banjir kilat di kawasan bandaraya. Antaranya, ialah menaiktaraf sistem saliran di Hilir Sungai Pinang, Sistem Saliran Bandar S10, Parit Lumba Kuda, lencongan Sungai Jelutong di Jalan Tengku serta Jalan Merican dan Lebuh McNair.

7. Di Seberang Perai pula, Kerajaan Negeri melalui Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah mencadangkan projek-projek sebanyak RM9.45 juta untuk menangani isu banjir kilat, di mana RM7.5 juta adalah untuk kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan parit monsun dan kolam takungan, penyelenggaraan rumah pam sebanyak RM0.25 juta dan RM1.7 juta pula bagi projek penyelenggaraan di kawasan perindustrian.

8. Peruntukan berjumlah RM220 juta yang dicadangkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan PBAPP untuk pembiayaan projek-projek mitigasi banjir adalah pembiayaan langsung Kerajaan Negeri, PBAPP, MBPP dan MPSP dan tidak mengambil kira peruntukan sebanyak RM150 juta yang dijanjikan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi menyempurnakan Rancangan Tebatan Banjir Sungai Pinang Fasa 3.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

9. Selain Projek-projek Berimpak Tinggi ini, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang turut melaksanakan Projek-projek Mitigasi Banjir Negeri melalui EXCO Kerajaan Tempatan, Pengurusan Lalulintas dan Tebatan Banjir. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah mengenalpasti empat (4) lagi Projek-projek Mitigasi Banjir dengan jangkaan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM 30 juta dengan menggunakan Peruntukan Caruman Permaritan Negeri. Dua (2) projek akan ditumpukan di beberapa kawasan “hotspot” banjir sekitar Daerah Timur Laut (Jelutong dan Bagan Jermal). Manakala berbaki dua (2) projek adalah di Daerah Barat Daya (Batu Maung dan Bayan Lepas)

10. Akhir kata, sekali lagi saya ucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada jawatankuasa penganjur dan semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi, Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang ini.

Dengan ini, saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi.

Sekian, terima kasih.